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The Appleseed Cast Detail New Album

Posted by - 01:17 PM on 03/07/13
The Appleseed Cast will release Illumination Ritual on April 23rd. The full press release is in the replies.

Track Listing
01) Adriatic to Black Sea
02) Great Lake Derelict
03) Simple Forms
04) Cathedral Rings
05) 30 Degrees 3AM
06) Branches on the Arrow Peak Revelation
07) Barrier Islands (Do We Remain)
08) North Star Ordination
09) Clearing Life
10) Illumination Ritual
 
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01:18 PM on 03/07/13
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Change, as they say, is a good thing. And a lot has changed for Lawrence, Kansas, post-rock outfit The Appleseed Cast over the 14 years since their founding. With Illumination Ritual (out April 23rd), their first full-length since 2009’s Sagamartha & first output since 2011’s Middle States EP, they’ve embraced not only a new line-up, but also hopscotching time signatures and a tumultuous anthemic energy that rivals anything else in their consistently impressive catalog.
With lyrics written over the course of three nights, between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m., & music written over a 3 month period of time, Illumination Ritual reflects both a sense of urgency and unbridled creative energy. Many bands fizzle out after a few records but on this, their 8th full length, they’ve hit a high mark that many will undoubtedly compare to their 2001 masterpiece, Low Level Owl. We here at Graveface feel this is easily their best record to date though.

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The Appleseed Cast - "Great Lake Derelict" via SPIN

Every album has come with line up changes for The Appleseed Cast. This one introduces Taylor Holenbeck on guitar and Nathan Wilder on drums. Both additions are outstanding on this record. Musical interplay between band members is something Appleseed Cast is known for, but the level of counterpoint and intricate yet chaotic energy is unmatched to anything they've done to date. The songs are energetic, sweeping, full of atmosphere, melancholy yet hopeful, driving, determined, and unabashed. Lyrically, Chris Crisci (founding member) is creating images to be pieced together. Much like Appleseed Cast's seminal work, every song has a feeling and theme, but nothing is forced or in your face. The lyrics frame perfectly the vision of the music. In songs like "Great Lake Derelict" and "Cathedral Rings" you can hear nods to some of their most recognizable work, but there’s something new and fresh that’s all encompassing.

With such a natural chemistry within the new line up, it makes sense that the songs themselves, while embracing chaos and a tuneful math-rock sensibility, eschew earlier recordings’ slick production for a more organic sound. The songwriting itself grew from collaborative explorations in the studio, with each player given time to riff on the parts that had been laid down before, their spontaneous contributions captured and cut together. Newly invigorated by their shared enthusiasm and the interplay of their individual talents, The Appleseed Cast enters their fourteenth year as a new band in the best sense, full of fresh ideas and the energy to bring them to both longtime fans and new converts alike.

Illumination Ritual will be available on vinyl, compact disc, cassette & digital on April 23rd via the Graveface Records & Curiosities imprint.

Artist - The Appleseed Cast
Album - Illumination Ritual
Release Date - April 23, 2013
Label - Graveface Records & Curiosities
Pre-order - here

01. Adriatic to Black Sea
02. Great Lake Derelict
03. Simple Forms
04. Cathedral Rings
05. 30 Degrees 3AM
06. Branches on the Arrow Peak Revelation
07. Barrier Islands (Do We Remain)
08. North Star Ordination
09. Clearing Life
10. Illumination Ritual
01:28 PM on 03/07/13
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irthesteve
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good band.
01:30 PM on 03/07/13
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Everyone needs to hop on this preorder.
01:36 PM on 03/07/13
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I liked the song but have never given these guys a good listen. Where should I start if I'm into this?
01:54 PM on 03/07/13
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I liked the song but have never given these guys a good listen. Where should I start if I'm into this?
Man, good question but incredibly difficult answer. If you like straight-ahead indie rock, I'd say start with Two Conversations; if you like more atmospheric stuff, try Low Level Owl; if you like more experimental stuff try Peregrine; and if you like a mix of all of that, start with Sagarmatha. The End of the Ring Wars and Mare Vitalis are excellent as well, but have a much "younger" sound, if you can call it that.
01:59 PM on 03/07/13
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Man, good question but incredibly difficult answer. If you like straight-ahead indie rock, I'd say start with Two Conversations; if you like more atmospheric stuff, try Low Level Owl; if you like more experimental stuff try Peregrine; and if you like a mix of all of that, start with Sagarmatha. The End of the Ring Wars and Mare Vitalis are excellent as well, but have a much "younger" sound, if you can call it that.

I'll probably check out low level owl and sagarmatha. Thanks!
02:05 PM on 03/07/13
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Already preordered, one of the best in the business. New song sounds great.
02:22 PM on 03/07/13
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SO stoked. My most anticipated album of the year.
02:49 PM on 03/07/13
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w00000t!!!!!!!!!!!!
03:03 PM on 03/07/13
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SO stoked. My most anticipated album of the year.

Agreed. Anticipation is killing me.
04:34 PM on 03/07/13
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Love it, love this band.
06:58 PM on 03/07/13
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I listened to Sagarmatha a few times and really, really wanted to like it more than I did. I'll definitely give this a listen, though.
07:31 PM on 03/07/13
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Absolutely in love with this song. I am glad they are still progressing their ambient, post-rock Sagarmatha/Middle States sound, but also loving the more prominent vocal production.
09:02 PM on 03/07/13
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SO excited for this. April is going to be awesome.

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